Windows Server 2012 R2 System Requirements

Windows Server 2012 R2 System Requirements
Windows Server 2012 R2 System Requirements. This topic applies to a server running Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, or to a server running Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter with the Windows Server Essentials Experience role installed.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials server software is a 64-bit only operating system. Table 1 defines the recommended minimum hardware requirements for Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. Table 2 defines additional hardware and software requirements for the server.

Component
Minimum
Recommended
Maximum
CPU socket
1.4 GHz (64-bit processor) or faster for single core

1.3 GHz (64-bit processor) or faster for multi-core
3.1 GHz (64-bit processor) or faster multi-core
2 sockets
Memory (RAM)
2 GB
4 GB if you deploy Windows Server Essentials as a virtual machine
16 GB
64 GB
Hard disks and available storage space
160-GB hard disk with a 60-GB system partition

No limit

Additional hardware and software requirements for Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Component
Description
Network adapter
Gigabit Ethernet adapter (10/100/1000baseT PHY/MAC)
Internet
Some functionality may require Internet access (fees may apply) or a Microsoft account
Supported Client operating systems
Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Macintosh OS X versions 10.5 to 10.8.

 Note: Some features require professional or higher editions.

1 GB of available hard drive space (a portion of this disk will be freed after installation)
Router
A router or firewall that supports IPv4 NAT or IPv6
Additional requirements
DVD-ROM drive

Actual requirements will vary based on your system configuration and the applications and features you choose to install. Processor performance depends not only on the clock frequency of the processor, but also on the number of cores and the size of the processor cache. Storage space requirements for the system partition are approximate. Additional available storage space may be required if you are installing over a network.

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